10 Facts About Auto-Tune


Auto-Tune is an audio processor introduced in 1996 by American company Antares Audio Technologies.

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Auto-Tune uses a proprietary device to measure and alter pitch in vocal and instrumental music recording and performances.

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Auto-Tune was originally intended to disguise or correct off-key inaccuracies, allowing vocal tracks to be perfectly tuned despite originally being slightly off-pitch.

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Auto-Tune is available as a plug-in for digital audio workstations used in a studio setting and as a stand-alone, rack-mounted unit for live performance processing.

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Auto-Tune can be used as an effect to distort the human voice when pitch is raised or lowered significantly, such that the voice is heard to leap from note to note stepwise, like a synthesizer.

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Auto-Tune was launched in September 1997 by Andy Hildebrand, a Ph.

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Auto-Tune cites new jack swing producer Teddy Riley and funk artist Roger Troutman's use of the talk box as inspirations for his own use of Auto-Tune.

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Opponents of the plug-in have argued that Auto-Tune has a negative effect on society's perception and consumption of music.

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Big band singer Michael Buble criticized Auto-Tune as making everyone sound the same – "like robots" – but admits to using it when he records pop-oriented music.

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Satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic poked fun at the overuse of Auto-Tune, while commenting that it seemed here to stay, in a YouTube video commented on by various publications such as Wired.

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